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William Fetherstone Montgomery

Born  1797
Died  1859

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Irish obstetrician, born 1797; died December 21, 1859, Dublin.

Biography of William Fetherstone Montgomery

William Fetherstone Montgomery studied in Dublin, becoming a licentiate at the Trinity College in 1825, in 1829 a fellow. Early in his career Montgomery gave private lectures in his own home. He was later the main instigator for the establishment of a particular chair in obstetrics at the College of Physicians. He died suddenly of an attack of angina pectoris in 1859. He was very critical to the use of chloroform. Although recognised internationally he never became «Master» of the Rotunda Lying-in Hospital.


  • Spontaneous amputation of the limbs of the foetus in utero.
    Dublin Journal of Medical Science, 1832, 1: 140.
    German translation in Eduard von Siebold’s Journal für Geburtshülfe, 13: 344.
  • Practical observations in midwifery.
    Dublin Journal of Medical and Chemical Science, 1835.
  • Case of ovarian disease of a remarkable character.
    Dublin, 1831.
  • Obs. of sudden death of children from enlargement of the thymus gland.
    Dublin Quarterly Journal of Medical Science, 1836.
  • An exposition of the signs and symptoms of pregnancy.
    London, Sherwood, Gilbert & Piper, 1837, 1856, 1863.
    German translation by F. J. Schwann; Bonn, 1839. His main oeuvre.
  • Observations on the incipient stage of cancerous affections of the womb.
    Dublin Quarterly Journal of Medical Science, 1842.
  • Some observations of uterine polype and ulceration with cases.
    Dublin Quarterly Journal of Medical Science, 1846.
  • Objections on the indiscriminate administration of the anaesthetic agents in midwifery.
    Dublin Quarterly Journal of Medicine, 1849.

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